What have you watched recently?

Seen any good movies or TV shows lately? Or anything so bad you just have to vent?
User avatar
clintmemo
Questing for the elusive New Title
Posts: 22763
Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2008 6:38 am
Location: Louisville KY
Contact:

Re: What have you watched recently?

Postby clintmemo » Mon May 17, 2021 12:09 pm

Godzilla vs Kong


Let me say that my inner 12 year old was very pleased. If you are looking for a movie about big monsters fighting with well choreographed, glorious, CGI action that doesn't want you to pay too close attention to the plot, then this movie is for you.

And I mean that in the best way possible.

The characters (human and monster alike) have only the basic motivations of a Saturday morning cartoon (back when they made those) and the science (ha!) in the movie is at the same level. Why would <this completely impossible thing> be true?
Because it's Cool!
And it looks Gorgeous!

By the way, in case you want to know who wins the fight this time the answer is Godzilla - of course - twice.
the first time, when they are at sea, isn't even close. The second time is a much closer affair with Godzilla only barely able to squeak out a victory but (lucky for him) not willing to kill Kong outright. Lucky, because that is when Mech-Godzilla shows up and pretty much cleans Godziilla's clock. Only together can Kong and Godzilla defeat Mecha-Godzilla which is exactly as you would expect.


The end result is movie that knows exactly what it is, executes itself very well, ends up being very satisfying, and is a ton of fun along the way.

And this is allegedly the end of this four picture franchise - which is too bad, because there is enough left over questions to mine a few more movies out of this.
Retirement Date: 3 years or 1 bad day

User avatar
Ikoma
Actually Slew the Baron
Posts: 14269
Joined: Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:29 pm
Location: Pleasant Grove, UT
Contact:

Re: What have you watched recently?

Postby Ikoma » Mon May 17, 2021 12:22 pm

Thunder Force is the reason why I hate Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down rating systems. It's a firmly meh movie. There are funny parts. Other parts are less funny. The superhero stuff it... meh. The big fight seems like a super low scale warm up fight in a bigger superhero movie. I did love the first convenience store robbery the duo stop. Pretty funny.

It was a decent thing to have on the screen while I painted minis. Not better. Not worse.
ImageImageImageImageImageImage

User avatar
zircher
Actually Thinks They Can Take the Baron
Posts: 10097
Joined: Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:54 am
Location: Oklahoma City
Contact:

Re: What have you watched recently?

Postby zircher » Mon May 17, 2021 1:12 pm

Enjoyed an anime flick called The Girl Who Could Leap Through Time. I'm a sucker for time loop tales. :-)

User avatar
Azhrei Vep
Drinks like a Bear
Posts: 27614
Joined: Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:44 pm
Contact:

Re: What have you watched recently?

Postby Azhrei Vep » Mon May 17, 2021 4:49 pm

zircher wrote:Enjoyed an anime flick called The Girl Who Could Leap Through Time. I'm a sucker for time loop tales. :-)

Despite generally hating time travel stories, I'm pretty fond of that movie. It's a solid one.
Julia wrote:You don't understand the amount of dick I get ... in my giant American Hoohah.
PS Fuck you Cafepress

User avatar
tombombodil
3 for 3
Posts: 12243
Joined: Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:43 pm
Location: Just south of the Barrow Downs
Contact:

Re: What have you watched recently?

Postby tombombodil » Mon May 17, 2021 6:52 pm

Azhrei Vep wrote:
zircher wrote:Enjoyed an anime flick called The Girl Who Could Leap Through Time. I'm a sucker for time loop tales. :-)

Despite generally hating time travel stories, I'm pretty fond of that movie. It's a solid one.


For me I think the difference is between time travel stories, and stories that involve time travel. The former obsesses over to-clever-by-half plot mechanics and the nature of time-travel itself and often get real wanky and meta about time-travel and storytelling; in short the time travel is the main point. The latter just uses time travel as a plot device and are generally much more palatable.
Have you found the yellow sign?
Have you found the yellow sign?
Have you found the yellow sign?

User avatar
Ikoma
Actually Slew the Baron
Posts: 14269
Joined: Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:29 pm
Location: Pleasant Grove, UT
Contact:

Re: What have you watched recently?

Postby Ikoma » Tue May 18, 2021 10:54 am

Season Two of Love, Death & Robots.

Season One was absolutely amazing. I mean, sure, like any anthology series, some are less good than others. But the hits of season one were just staggeringly good. And even the 'misses' are pretty good. Season Two feels more even. Less absolute highs. And the 'misses' are still pretty good. Favorite is "Snow in the Desert". But they are all good. It is weird that two of them - "Automated Customer Service" and "Life Hutch" - are so thematically similar, even if they are stylistically very different.
ImageImageImageImageImageImage

User avatar
Ikoma
Actually Slew the Baron
Posts: 14269
Joined: Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:29 pm
Location: Pleasant Grove, UT
Contact:

Re: What have you watched recently?

Postby Ikoma » Fri May 28, 2021 11:59 am

So amidst catch catching episodes of shows I watch on an off/on basis, (stuff like What We Do in the Shadows, Jean-Claude Van Johnson, Forged in Fire, & The Boys - i.e. stuff I occasionally find myself in the right frame of mind to watch) I watched (or started) the following...

Dredd: (Amazon)
Finally caught this. I've wanted to see it ever since it was released nearly a decade ago! That long? Shoot... anyway, yeah, it fell through the cracks. But I finally checked it out. Hell yes was this fun. Very true to my understanding of the source material. The whole thing oozed it's own dark style. It was violent and action packed and... Judge Dredd. I am now sad we don't have firm plans / announcement for a sequel.

Army of the Dead: (Netflix)
First off, the story makes no damn sense. Right from the beginning when a group of soldiers are told to... [1], you know characters are going to make the decision that looks best on screen and not the smart decision. If you're cool with that, this show will show you some crazy fun zombie antics and violence. If you're not down for that, sit this Snyder show out. The setting / characters are all cardboard thin stock characters who exist to shoot a literal army of zombies on the strip and in casinos with all the bullets.

[1] ...run from the loosed alpha zombie, despite the fact that they are heavily armed and could have killed/hurt it while it was still in the metal box and they RUN into the desert, despite the fact that they have a [couple] fully operational Hummer's right there! Still running if I remember correctly...

Blue Miracle: (Netflix)
OK... so now we get a little more... wholesome than the first two films. I had never heard of the true story this is based upon so I cannot comment on what changes Netflix almost certainly did make to it in order to make the film more compelling. (And I know enough about Hollywood to know that SOMETHING got tweaked. Probably a lot of somethings.) Anyway, it is still a compelling feel good story. I mean, it's almost a trope at this point. Good man with a dark past is running an orphanage for street boys. That doesn't pay well and he's gonna lose the building to the bank. He needs cash fast. Old associate offers him a way to earn it by getting back into the drug trade on a limited basis. Instead, he rolls the dice on a washed up sports fisherman and big cash prize. I won't spoil the rest but come on! You know how this ends. It's fun and wholesome and good.

Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.: (Hulu)
I... wanted to like this more. Now... it's not bad. It's just not as good as I expected it to be. Maybe it'll improve. I'm only a couple of episodes in. And a lot of comedies take a few episodes to get their feet under them. But... I just... I didn't come to this kind of property to watch a relationship drama and see M.O.D.O.K. 'learn and grow' as a giant headed evil (ineffectual) mastermind. The jokes about A.I.M. and S.H.I.E.L.D. are fun. They name drop the MCU at all times. (The Pym Particle gummies was a particular favorite.) But then it drags for the family stuff (at least to me). And seriously, you married M.O.D.O.K.! You've been with him long enough to have teenagers together! (Which means you've had sex with him.) And you don't know what kind of self-absorbed narcissist you are dealing with? Just... what? Anyway, I will keep watching it. But it will probably slip down into the 'watch it when I am in the mood' list, particularly with Ragnarok Season two (Netflix) just out, Sweet Tooth (Netflix) coming out June 4th, and Loki (Disney) coming out June 9th.
ImageImageImageImageImageImage

User avatar
tombombodil
3 for 3
Posts: 12243
Joined: Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:43 pm
Location: Just south of the Barrow Downs
Contact:

Re: What have you watched recently?

Postby tombombodil » Fri May 28, 2021 12:35 pm

Ikoma wrote:
Dredd: (Amazon)
Finally caught this. I've wanted to see it ever since it was released nearly a decade ago! That long? Shoot... anyway, yeah, it fell through the cracks. But I finally checked it out. Hell yes was this fun. Very true to my understanding of the source material. The whole thing oozed it's own dark style. It was violent and action packed and... Judge Dredd. I am now sad we don't have firm plans / announcement for a sequel.
.


Yeah it's not a classic but it is massively underrated. One of the only major complaints of it I've heard is that one of the core components of the Judge Dredd comics is a wry sense of satirical humor, and this movie didn't have any of that, it's tone was just purely grim without any of Dredd's trademark self awareness.

I can't speak to that personally though
Have you found the yellow sign?
Have you found the yellow sign?
Have you found the yellow sign?

User avatar
Ikoma
Actually Slew the Baron
Posts: 14269
Joined: Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:29 pm
Location: Pleasant Grove, UT
Contact:

Re: What have you watched recently?

Postby Ikoma » Fri May 28, 2021 12:42 pm

Oh, and how I could I forget Season Two of LEGO Masters (Hulu) on June 1st!?
ImageImageImageImageImageImage

User avatar
Ikoma
Actually Slew the Baron
Posts: 14269
Joined: Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:29 pm
Location: Pleasant Grove, UT
Contact:

Re: What have you watched recently?

Postby Ikoma » Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:24 am

Ragnarok, Season Two (Netflix)
This little Netflix/Norwegian language original is fun. It's idiosyncratic. It has Norwegian rhythms. But it's core story is super familiar to anyone who's ever dipped their toe in Young Adult fiction. The gods are coming back. Ragnarok is coming. A young man is the reincarnation of Thor. His half-brother is the reincarnation of... <surprise> Loki. There are giants who need to be destroyed. (Oh, they don't look like giants, think more symbolic than literal.) It's fun and pretty light.

Sweet Tooth (Netflix)
THIS lives up to it's title. It's super sweet. Which is perfect since the story seems super dark. I am (thematically) reminded of Pushing Daisies. A sweet show about a dark subject. Sweet Tooth is about a boy, Gus, (the first?) hybrid of human and animal. Gus's father has kept him secret, and safe, while the world goes mad as a plague (super-topical!) sweeps most of humanity of the map. The hybrids are immune. And that makes them suspect. Did they cause the plague? (They were babies when the plague started so they didn't do it intentionally!) Did the plague cause them? (This is more likely.) Either way, there are people who hunt the hybrids out of fear, anger, and sport. But Gus? Gus is the sweetest, most determined little kid ever. Every time he's on screen I want to hug him and tell him it will be alright. I just wish I knew that was going to be true. I cannot tell more (I'm only two episodes in but already love it).
ImageImageImageImageImageImage


Return to “Moving Pictures”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests

cron